GBG Marucci took home the gold medal from the 15U National Team Championships West Saturday at Peoria Stadium after taking down Pacific Baseball Academy, 6-3, in the championship game. PBA jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Paul Giacomazzi (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) laced a two-RBI single to right field. After GBG cut the deficit in half with a run in the third inning, Cameron Deere (2-for-4, RBI) of PBA made it a 3-1 game with an RBI single. However, in the bottom of the fifth inning, GBG battled back with three runs to take the lead, 4-3. Spencer Steere (2-for-2, 3 RBIs) highlighted the inning for GBG with a clutch two-out, two-run single. GBG added to its lead in the sixth inning on a two-run double from Daniel Cabrera (3-for-3, 2 RBIs). That provided plenty of cushion for Anthony Acosta to close out the win in the seventh inning.
The gold medal capped off a strong week of baseball for GBG Marucci after battling through tough teams and conditions.
“It doesn’t get any better than the USA Championships from a travel ball stand point,” said GBG Marucci head coach Mike Garciaparra. “This is the hardest event to get into, and by far the hardest event to win. It’s just an unbelievable event and for these guys to come together and gel as a team was really fun to watch.”
Pacific Baseball Academy and GBG Marucci advanced to the gold medal game Saturday morning at the 15U National Team Championships West. Spencer Steer (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) sent GBG Marucci into celebration mode when he laced a base hit into left field to drive in the winning run to beat CBA Marucci,10-9, in the semifinals. Pacific Baseball Academy made its way to the championship game by beating Grinders Baseball, 8-5, and the San Diego Show, 6-5. The gold medal game is set for 9 a.m. at Peoria Stadium.
- Jake Suddleson of Pacific Baseball Academy was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the team’s semifinal win over SD Show.
- Gehrig Vargas of CBA Maurcci was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the team’s semifinal loss to GBG Marucci.
The playoffs of the 15U National Team Championships West began Thursday with round of 32 and Sweet 16 games. BPA Demarini 2017, Pacific Baseball Academy, Team Northwest, GBG Marucci, SGV Arsenal, SD Show, Grinders Baseball and CBA Marucci 2016 each advanced to the Elite Eight.The playoffs continue Friday with Elite Eight games in the morning, and semifinal games in the afternoon. Below are a few highlights from the day’s games.
- Maxx Cauble of PB Outlaws notched a 4-for-4 day with two runs scored against Playa Vista Orioles-Black.
- Nick Pratto of BPA DeMarini 2017 allowed one run and struck out seven hitters over seven innings on the mound in the team’s win over NorCal.
Seeded play at the 15U National Team Championships concluded with NorCal Black claiming the top overall seed heading into the playoffs Thursday morning. The Playa Vista Orioles-Black are the number two seed followed by Team Northwest and GBG Marucci. After an off-day Wednesday, the top 32 teams will begin the playoffs at Peoria Sports Complex and Camelback Ranch.
- Turner Nelson of So Cal Cardinals was 3-for-3 with a double to help the Cardinals to a 7-1 win over BPA Demarini 2016.
- Nathan Ledford of CBA Rookies led the team to a 4-1 win over Mountain West by throwing a complete game with just one run allowed.
- Matt Segovia of Elite Baseball Training Chicago was 2-for-4 with four RBIs in the team’s 13-12 win over the So Cal Bombers.
Day three of the 15U National Team Championships West wrapped as the tournament moves one step closer to the playoffs. Playa Vista Orioles – Black made a splash by taking down the top overall seed BPA DeMarini 2017, 10-3. The morning games were highlighted by walk-off wins by the South Texas Sliders over Baseball Northwest, and by Costa Mesa Mayhem over SGV Arsenal. The second day of seeded play continues Tuesday morning with games at Peoria Sports Complex and Camelback Ranch.
- Jared Witt, Blake Brady, Miles Nigashioka and Andrew Grinstead each had two RBIs in Quakes Baseball Academy’s 14-4 win over Rawlings Prospects West.
- David Barela of the Colton Nighthawks pitched a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts to lead the team to a 1-0 win over JG Baseball.
Day two of the 15U National Team Championships West concluded with BPA Demarini 2017 claiming the top overall seed after a 3-0 start with just three runs allowed. Costa Mesa Mayhem, SGV Arsenal and Playa Vista Orioles-Black rounding out the top four seeds of the tournament. Seeding tie-breakers are determined in order by win-loss record, runs allowed, earned runs allowed and batting average. Seeded play begins Monday at 8 a.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex and Camelback Ranch. Below are a few highlights from the day’s action:
- Collin Quin of HB Nitro continued his strong tournament as he is now 7-for-11 with four runs scored and four RBIs.
- Cole Spear of OC Premier fired seven shutout innings of one hit ball with eight punchouts in the team’s win over Play Hard Angels
- Ryker Tom of Mountain West pushed his tournament totals to 8-for-10 with 3 runs scored and two RBIs.
The first day of tournament play at the 15U National Team Championships West kicked off with games at Peoria Sports Complex, Goodyear Park and Camelback Ranch. Below are photos and highlights from the first day of action.
- Geremy Guerrero threw a no-hitter to lead Elite Baseball Training Chicago to a 5-0 victory against the San Diego Gamers. Guerrero pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and only allowed two base runners by way of a couple of defensive miscues.
- Kenyon Yovan of Baseball Northwest racked up 11 strikeouts while throwing seven innings in the team’s 6-1 win over BPA Black.
- Gavin Cline of Club All Star paced his team’s offensive attack against SABA Navy as he went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored in the 17-0 win.
- David Anaya got the win for the South Texas Sliders after allowing just one run on one hit in seven innings pitched with eight strikeouts.
- Christian Moya and Samad Taylor each had standout games for SGV Arsenal in the team’s win over Hard Nine. Moya was 3-for-3 with four runs scored, three RBIs and three stolen bases while Taylor was 3-for-4 two runs scored and four RBIs.
The 2013 15U National Team Championships West began Friday morning with Testing Day. Players from the 64 teams ran 60-yard sprints and took a round of infield/outfield in front of the 15U National Team coaching staff. The first games of pool play begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex, Camelback Ranch and Goodyear Ballpark. Below are pictures from Testing Day.
Team Elite was crowned the champion of the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships East after defeating SW Florida Baseball, 6-1, in the gold medal game at Jet Blue Park. The win for Team Elite was its ninth of the tournament and capped off an impressive undefeated run. Team Elite did its damage at the plate with a five-run third inning as each of the first five batters of the inning recorded singles. William Holland led the charge as he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. On the mound, Nicholas Wilhite turned in a stellar outing for Team Elite as he pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run and just three hits. Terance Hebda scored the lone run for SW Florida Baseball as he went 1-for-3 at the plate.
Palm Beach Select 15U won the bronze medal by defeating A’s Baseball, 4-2, at Jet Blue Park prior to the gold medal game. Select 15U was the number 12 seed heading into the playoffs, and pulled off upsets in three of the team’s final four games of the tournament to win the bronze medal.
Gold Medal: Team Elite
Silver Medal: SW Florida Baseball
Bronze Medal: Palm Beach Select 15U
The 15U National Team Championships East saw an exciting day of baseball as two playoff games were won in walk-off fashion, and a 12 seed pulled off an upset of a five seed. The number 12 seed Select 15U exploded for 9 runs in the eighth inning in an international tie-breaker situation to upset the number five seed Atlantic Coast Railers, 12-6, in the Sweet 16. Also in the Sweet 16, A’s Baseball scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep its championship hopes alive. Yasser Santana sent a line drive single into right field to bring home the winning run and begin the celebration. The second walk-off win of the day came in the elite eight round when Team Elite pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to take down the Florida Pokers, 5-4. Wednesday’s semifinal action features Select 15U against Team Elite, and SWFL Baseball against A’s Baseball. Below are a few highlights from the day’s action.
- Chase Solesky pitched a compete game shutout in the Florida Poker’s 2-0 win over TigerTown K2Pro. Solesky struck out six batters and allowed just five hits to lead the team to victory.
- Nate Fassnacht of the B2B Bombers was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the team’s 14-2 win over Top 10.
- Derek Schwimer of Select 15U was 2-for-4 with two runs scored to help lead the team to the final four.